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In a city that is well known for its past as much as it is known for its present and will be known for its future, museums are the landmarks that distinguishes Hyderabad's important role . They rescue history from sinking into oblivion and chronicle the present for the benefit of the future. Each of these museums showcase a variety of revered themes- art, culture, science, cinema, literature et. al.

The A.P State Museum exhibits an exquisite range of items that date back to the pre-historic times. Established by the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1930, this museum showcases the ancient cultural heritage of this area.

The exhibits include 11th and 14th century miniature paintings on palm leaf, Nepalese and Tibetan artefacts, and the intricate Bidriware. Some of the sculptures are as old as 2nd century B.C. Other interesting exibits include ancient gold ornaments unearthed from various excavations.

A visit to this museum is an absolute must, for all those interested in history and its legacies. And for others, it will surely be an enriching and educating experience.

The museum is open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and is closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Address: Public Gardens, Nampally, Hyderabad.
Phone: 323 2267.
Contact Person: Ms. Noorjahan Begum (Curator)

CAPTION: house of history


The AP State Health Museum was established in the year 1948 at Chikadpally, Hyderabad. In the year 1952, it was shifted to the present building in Public Gardens.

The objective of the museum is to create and spread awareness about various health issues. It has eighteen sectors related to various aspects of health such as nutrition, food adulteration, school health, family planning, sexually transmitted disease, communicable diseases et al.

The museum has a staff comprising health officers, supervisors, Anganwadi workers and trained auxiliary nurses. These workers visit slum areas to educate poor people at the Field Demonstration Centres. The specimens displayed at the museum are collected from various hospitals and are constantly replaced by fresh ones. The museum also supplies free contraceptive condoms and oral pills. Visiting dignitaries from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international organisations have appreciated the valuable role played by this institution.

Entry is free. The museum is open on all working days between 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. On Sundays and public holidays are the museum is closed.

Address: Public Gardens, Nampally, Hyderabad- 500 001 , Phone: 465 6852/461 9176
Contact Person: Mr. Meher Prasad ( Joint Director)


Built on the Naubat Pahad, close to the Birla Temple, The Birla Science Centre comprises of the Birla Planetarium and the Birla Science Muesum.

The Birla Planetarium is one of the most modern planetariums in the country. With equipment imported from Japan, it is being developed into a centre for the study of astronomy. Shows are held daily in English, Hindi and Telugu. The planetarium is open between 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is closed on the last Thursday of the month.

Also located in the vicinity is the Birls Science Museum. This displays various exhibits on different themes of science. The interactive models are informative as well as entertaining. The Science Museum is open from 10.30 a.m. to 8.15 p.m. It is closed on the last Tuesday of the month.

Address: Naubat Pahad, Adarshnagar, Hyderabad-500 063
Phone: 324 1067

CAPTION: skywatch at the Birla Planetarium

 SALAR JUNG MUSEUM  - Single man's collection adored by millions

The Salar Jung Museum houses a unique collection of a single person Mir Yousuf Ali Khan. Better known as Salar Jung III, he was the Prime Minister of Hyderabad for a brief period. A patron of literature, poetry and art, Salarjung III was famous among the art and curio dealers around the world. The museum, declared as an 'institution of national importance' by the Government of India in 1961, today attracts nearly 10 lakh visitors every year.

The Salar Jung Museum has about 43,000 objects of art, 9,000 manuscripts and 47,000 books on varied subjects printed in different languages.The objects of art include Persian carpets, Mughal miniatures, European paintings, Chinese porcelain, Japanese silk paintings, carpets, clocks and walking sticks. Among the most well known pieces are the Veiled Rebecca, an enchanting marble statue of a woman seen through her veil, and Marguerite and Mephistopheles, a double figure wood carving.
The museum is open between 10 a. m. and 5 pm. Closed on Fridays. Entry Fee - Rs. 10/-

Address: Near Afzalgunj Bus Stand, Hyderabad-500 002
Phone: 452 3211


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